masculin Pluriel (2014)
by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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Year of Launch2014
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 113 votes)

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PerfumerFrancis Kurkdjian

About masculin Pluriel

masculin Pluriel is a masculine fragrance by Maison Francis Kurkdjian. The scent was launched in 2014 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

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Maison Francis Kurkdijan created a rather tried-and-true staple fragrance with masculin Pluriel (2014), following in a well-worn lavender fougère groove but replacing restricted base materials with his own modern wizardry to avoid the "Dad's Aftershave" smell that a lot of young nouveau-riche professionals who buy this level of perfume want to avoid. Furthermore, masculin Pluriel makes something of a statement on the state of masculine perfume overall, since it tries to repackage classic and more "natural-smelling" tropes guys once took for granted as luxury, while the designer realm "beneath" such houses as MFK seems intent on serving up cheapo woody amber oceanic sawdust pancake syrup as the new standard for "the rest of us". It's a bit alarming in the same sense that selling variants of popular soda flavors in expensive glass bottles with "real sugar" as the reason for prestige, but such is the exploitative nature of unfettered Capitalism. In any case, we get a nice tart and leathery fougère accord which might have passed as a Puig or Guy Laroche scent in the 80's, suffused with ambrox instead of oakmoss, and that isn't bad.

The opening of masculin Pluriel brings in a sharp English lavender over metallic aldehydes and a lemon which fades quick after minutes. The lavender remains with the aldehydes, creating a feeling similar to Penhaligon's Sartorial (2010), which is another example of middle-class postmodernism served up as a new standard of luxury, but masculin Pluriel never takes a vanillic direction since it doesn't seek to go in a Pinaud or Dana Canoé (1936) direction like the Penhaligon's. A crisp suede-like note inhabits the heart alongside some black pepper and cedar-like synthetic wood, eschewing the usual dandy florals of a fougère for a more-direct masculinity true to its name. Vetiver, patchouli, and a small dusting of tonka glaze the ambrox base to establish the green "nü-gère" accord and that's a wrap for this one. Sillage isn't pumping but longevity is respectable for a modern eau de toilette, although masculin Pluriel seems reserved enough that its only recommended use would be office wear or formal occasions where unfeeling airs of class are recommended.

There is a certain gray bleakness about masculin Pluriel that reminds me very much of Bottega Veneta Pour Homme (2013), and if this is your vibe, I'd stick with the Bottega because it is a much less expensive scent with a comparable personality, just lacking the obvious lavender and hot-pressed iron ambiance of the aldehydes in the MFK scent. Also they are so very close together as to have me think Mr. Kurkdijan might have been more than a tad inspired by the Italian scent, but wanted to put his haute bourgeois barbershop stamp on the style to compete with the aforementioned Penhaligon's or Parfums MDCI Invasion Barbare (2006), which also tries to reinvent the fougère as something too good for the common man. All classist gripes aside, masculin Pluriel is a good scent in a common but comfortable vein, I just have a hard time coming to terms with something smelling like a cologne I used to pick up at a Rite-Aid in my youth being shucked to me for the price of a Playstation. Still, this stands on its own enough to not feel like snake oil, and it succeeds in imparting the class its competition mostly fails at delivering, so I give masculin Pluriel a thumbs up.
15th May, 2019
A very nice fougere that is well made.The leather note is a slightly different touch. I enjoyed wearing Masculin Pluriel today. I would like a bit more projection, but it's still quite nice. I'm working my way through the Francis Kudkjian line and have enjoyed the three I've tried so far. I don't think I would invest in a FB of Masculin Pluriel at this point, as I have several fougere's I enjoy wearing more, but it's not out of the question that I'll pick this up sometime. Francis Kurdkjian is a very talented perfumer.
05th January, 2018
In the personal line of the talented Francis Kurkdjian we very rarely, if ever, hear about Masculin Pluriel. It is the perfect example of a “dark horse” as it is quite probably my favorite from the very good MFK line-up.

It has great, natural patchouli that reminded me of what I got when I smelled high quality oil from that plant: Earthy, lightly damp, tangy and a bit sweet as well. It is accompanied by a smooth and sleek leather note. Vetiver and cedar make it sharper, drier and also bring a soft smoky undertone. The entire blend is surrounded by a main note of lavender giving the woody patchouli and leather a clean, “barbershop”, mossy shaving foam like vibe. Actually it is exactly what I wanted YSL's Rive Gauche PH to be after reading comments about it: It's the best parts of it without the ones I don't enjoy and with better ingredients. It also really reaches the big Guerlain Heritage fan in me.

When trying this one don't expect anything huge, almost theatrical Amouage's style, something very bold and/or to fill up a room. You would be disappointed. It's more of an easy, wearable fragrance counting more on its pure quality in its simplicity and it's one that many online would classify as “signature worthy”.

It is a classy, mature cologne for a self-assured and calm man who doesn't need his scent to make a statement for him. So put on your finest gray or black wool suit, crisply ironed tailored white shirt, matching shoes and belt and some Masculin Pluriel and your “posh gentleman” attire is complete to perfection.
11th November, 2017
Genre: Fougère

Masculin Pluriel is a straightforward lavender-heavy fougère composition that dries down to a blend of patchouli and clean musk. There’s nothing complex or adventurous here, but there’s nothing to offend, either, and the lavender smells of quality. Still, I don’t find anything in Masculin Pluriel that would make me abandon, say, Caron pour un Homme or Vero Kern’s Kiki when I’m in the mood for lavender. Then of course, for a really interesting lavender, there's always Antonio Gardoni's remarkable MEM. But that's another, much longer, review...
17th August, 2017
Dull, pedestrian and flat.

Masculin Pluriel reveals itself as a sweet lavender composition supported by vetiver and woody notes. It is very generic after the first thirty minutes or so.

This is not it if you are looking for a fougere. There are many great fougeres still around, starting with Azzaro pour Homme. You want to pay MFK prices? Go for Invasion Barbare.

This is not the barbershop fragrance that one yearns for. It lacks the brilliant, crisp radiance of Rive Gauche pour Homme or the warm comforting aura of Antico Caruso.

This is not the woody lavender fragrance to search for. That niche is accounted for by Bois du Portugal, Heritage and New York.

This is not by any means the first pairing of lavender with sweet notes. There's a long list starting with Caron Pour Un Homme, Le Male, Casanova 1725, Caron Third Man, Gris Clair and Fourrea Noir for such expressions of lavender.

It borrows quite a bit from Gris Clair, but is nowhere near as distinctive or engaging as Gris Clair. It doesn't have the burnt sugar sprinkled with incense aspect, which makes Gris Clair so addictive. Nor does it go anywhere else with its exploration of lavender.

By now you perhaps have an idea of how it is.

Such a shame it shares shelf space with a masterpiece like Absolue Pour Le Soir.

Did I mention thin sillage and below par duration?

1.5/5
02nd June, 2017
This scent has been done many times before, it falls under the category of barber shop maybe?

Sure, it's been done before but how well has it been done before? Sort of like the electric-car, there have been many electric cars over the years but Tesla has really done a good job of putting one together have they not?

So it goes that MFK has done rather well with the best ingredients and brought back an old fashion sense to a higher level.

Lavender indeed, if you crave a good lavender then here is your fix.
17th November, 2016

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